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Southern Cross Gypsies

Clive Richmond

Have you ever felt totally free? With nothing to worry about, not a care in the world, nothing to lose and nowhere you have to be? Have you ever done something totally reckless, just because you can? Clive and Mandy Richmond know that feeling. In 1979 they left on a trip around Australia. They set off in an HQ Holden station wagon with all their worldly possessions, not much money, no real plans and no real idea where we were going. They worked their way around Australia, and then just kept on going around again. During that time they married and raised two kids. Between them, they have had about one hundred jobs.

They lived and worked on seven cattle stations, were married on one of them, and generally lived and worked in remote areas or country towns. There were good times and bad, and some dark, dangerous days that they were lucky to survive. But overall, it has been a great life – unrestrained and untameable, never burning a bridge, and yet full of the adventure of new horizons and that addictive feeling of freedom. You could call them gypsies, drifters, wanderers, lost souls or whatever, and you would probably be right.

Published by Jabiru Publishing, 2017

Paperback, 250 pages

Price: $22.99   Postage in Australia: $9.00

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BLAST OFF – Turning Page 76 

Hazel Menehira and Hank West

This delightful little book actually provides a sequel to Hazel Menehira’s memoir, “Nothing as Posh as a Memoir” (See below). It carries the essence and engaging story of an unexpected loving friendship that blossomed in Cairns – a friendship that grew into a force of nature that flourished in tropical north Queensland’s culturally receptive climate. Co-authored by Hazel and Hank West, the book’s back cover states: “Love is looking for you – make sure it finds you. Give it a smile; embrace it.” The rest of the book contains the sort of stories they write (really well) all the time. Published by Whanua, 2010.

Price: $20.00  Postage: $7.00

Paperback, 90 pages

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Nothing as Posh as a Memoir

Hazel Menehira

A shambolic, spectacular, stunning life

With more letters after her name than she ever uses, a Cockney match girl’s daughter born in the slums of London in 1933 gives a personal perspective of her successful career against turbulent odds. A Licentiate and Fellow of Trinity College London, Hazel Menehira is a recognised international teacher, adjudicator, examiner, theatre director, author and mentor for writers and performers.

In a story sprinkled with humour, Hazel reflects on a blitzed childhood, emigration and dislocation, the development of provincial newspapers during her 40 years in journalism, and her involvement in early regional professional theatre in New Zealand. Her immersion into Maori culture and the establishment of the Rivendell Community in the Ruatiti Valley during “hippy trippy” times make engaging reading. Published by FC Productions, 2013.

Paperback, 298 pages

Price: $30.00  Postage: $17.00

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A Kenya Beginning

Robin Swift

Published by Jabiru Publishing

Robin Swift’s great-uncle, Randall Swift, settled in Kenya in 1904, blazing a trail for his two nephews (Robin’s father and uncle) who followed him to Kenya in the 1930s.

The book tells of Robin’s childhood in the 1950s during the Mau Mau troubles, his experiences as a young coffee estate assistant manager in the early 1960s, and his time at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester in England.

After college, Robin returned to Kenya and coffee farming. Later, he quit farming and moved to Zambia and then to Rhodesia, working in the agricultural machinery business. During this period Robin married a farmer’s daughter. A new stage in their lives followed, with a life-changing posting to Botswana to manage the Caterpillar dealership in Gaborone in the 1980s.

In 2004, they decided to migrate to Australia. This led to a whole new way of life, dealing with the challenges of finding employment and a home, and adjusting to their new country.

Paperback, 392 pages

Price: $34.99   Postage in Australia: $17.00

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HMS Warspite by Wally ShawHMS Warspite: My Memories of World War II

Wally Shaw. Introduction by Chris Shaw

Wally Shaw was a typical young English naval rating who served on the battleship, HMS Warspite, during  World War II, away from his wife, baby son and career.  These are his memories of his time on HMS Warspite. Introduction by his son, Chris Shaw. FC Productions, 2012

Paperback, 42 pages

Price: $14.99   Postage in Australia: $7.00

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Beats Working for a Living by Rob RyanBeats Working for a Living

Rob Ryan
Paperback
$39.95.

If, as he left his native Kenya to study forestry at Oxford, you had told Rob Ryan that five years later he would be settling in Alice Springs as the Australian Government’s minerals geologist, he would not have believed it. This the story of how it happened. It is also the story of his lifelong supporter – his Kenyan high school girlfriend and wife, Judy – and their families, and of the vicissitudes of a geologist’s life in outback Australia. It is also a story of the unrelenting search for minerals to replace those that the human race consumes at a huge rate in order to survive. This search has taken the author from the rainforests of Borneo to the deserts of Egypt; and from the luxury home of a Minister in the government of the Shah of Iran to a ceremonial welcome in Fiji.

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Headmaster Not EatenHeadmaster Not Eaten

James B Farrell
Published by Jabiru Publishing
Paperback
$39.95

While not a travel book, this is a story about James Farrell’s travels in over 30 countries during his working life. James has an uncanny way of seeing the oddities and eccentricities in everyday life in foreign countries. The result is a humorous collection of anecdotes, gleaned over many years. Beautifully written, the book is a great pleasure to read.

 

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Kanahooka Memories

Helena Webb
Paperback
$14.95

This heart-warming book tells the story of Helena Webb who grew up on Kanahooka Road, on the shores of Lake Illawarra in New South Wales. The family was greatly affected by the Depression and World War II. This fascinating glimpse of an earlier era, seen through the eyes of a young girl, is brought to life for others to share.

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